Amy B. Bridges is Professor of Political Science at the University of California, San Diego. A scholar of city politics, Bridges is the author of A City in the Republic, Antebellum New York and Origins of Machine Politics (Cambridge, 1984) and Morning Glories, Municipal Reform in the Southwest (Princeton, 1997), which won two awards for best book published in 1997, Best Book in Urban Politics from the Urban Politics section of the APSA, and Best Book in North American Urban History from the Urban History Association. More recently, Bridges authored “The Sun Also Rises in the West,” a study of the Justice for Janitors movement in Los Angeles, for The City Revisited. Bridges has served on the editorial boards of Politics & Society, Urban Affairs Review, Journal of Policy History, and Studies in American Political Development. Persuaded that for too long political scientists and historians have neglected the western region, writing US history as northern and southern history, Bridges is currently writing a book about the founding constitutions of the eleven western states, Western Window, Constitutions, Politics, and Growth. Her research earned Bridges fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies and the National Endowment for the Humanities. A portion of this research, “Managing the Periphery in the Gilded Age, Writing Constitutions for the Western States” appeared in Studies in American Political Development 22 (Spring 2008) 32-58.